Sports and movies are some of the most significant sources of entertainment for us. In the film, we see cricketers acting many times. Unfortunately, we do not see stories like movies in cricket, but some historic moments in cricket look like they cannot be better scripted. After witnessing some cricket moments and matches, it felt like a movie. So, let's look at the top ten times cricket felt like a movie.
1. World Cup 2019 Final
There is no doubt that the 2019 World Cup final is the most excellent match in cricket history. New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first, setting a target of 241. After losing four wickets at 86 runs, Stokes built a partnership of 110 runs with the Buttler. Then, the match went into the super over, where both teams scored 15 runs. After the super over got tied and because of more boundaries, England won the 2019 World Cup, and England won their first-ever World Cup in cricket history.
2. Comeback Of CSK 2018
After getting banned for two years, CSK returned to the IPL 2018 and made one of the biggest comebacks in the history of IPL. In the 2018 IPL, everyone was calling CSK a daddy team. But they proved everyone wrong. In the points table, CSK won 9 league matches and finished at No. 2 in the points table. Then, they won the qualifier and finals against Hyderabad. After getting so much criticism from experts, CSK won the IPL of 2018.
3. India’s Win In 1983 World Cup
The 1983 World Cup win is one of the most unexpected events in cricket history. In the 1983 World Cup, India was not considered an underdog. Before the 1983 World Cup, India won only one match in the World Cup. After beating Zimbabwe and Australia, India won the semi-finals against England and entered the finals. In the finals, India faced unbeatable West Indies, and India shocked everyone by winning the finals by 43 runs. India won the 1983 World Cup, and cricket became more popular in India after this.
4. First Concussion Substitute
In the 2019 Ashes series between England and Australia, Stev Smith returned after the ban and performed exceptionally with his bat. In the 2nd test at lord's, Steve Smith got injured in the 1st innings. In the 2nd inning, Marnus Labuschagne came as the concussion substitute. It was the first concussion substitute in international cricket, in which Marnus scored 59 runs. After this inning, he played plenty of crucial innings for Australia. Today, Marnus Labuschagne is one of the best batsmen on the Australian team. We would not have seen Marnus Labuschagne if the concussion had not happened.
5. Miracle Of Gabba 2021
It is one of the most historic wins in cricket history as Australia lost at the Gabba after 32 years. After Virat Kohli's non-availability, Ajinkya Rahane was appointed as the captain of the Border-Gavaskar trophy 2021. In this series, all the leading batters and fast bowlers got injured, and in the 4th test, most of the youngsters were playing. Mohammed Siraj played despite his father's death; Cheteshwar Pujara played an innings 56 in the 2nd innings, and Gill scored 91 runs. After all this, Rishab Pant came to bat and stole the victory from Australia's hand.
6. Smith’s Comeback In 2019 Ashes
Steve Smith has always been one of the most compact batsmen in test cricket. His grit, determination, and hunger for scoring runs for his team are exceptional. After getting banned for one year, Steve Smith returned to the Ashes in 2019. Despite crowd booing, he scored runs, which shows his concentration in the game. In the 2019 Ashes, Steve Smith scored 774 runs with an exceptional average of 110.54, which is considered one of the best batting performances ever. Comebacks like Steve Smith are rarely seen, even in the movies.
7. Virat Kohli’s Unbelievable 82
Even though Virat Kohli played many exceptional innings, the best T20 innings came against Pakistan in the 2022 World Cup. In this match, India got a target of 160 runs, and India lost four wickets at only 31 runs. Then, Virat Kohli and Hardik built a partnership where Virat Kohli played a lead role. In the 19th over, Virat Kohli played the most incredible shot of the century against Haris Rauf, which will be remembered in the cricket books. The final over was filled with twists, and India won this thriller match at the last ball.
8. Ben Stoke’s Impossible 135
Ben Stokes is one of the best clutch players in modern-day cricket, as he loves to play in challenging and intense situations. Whether it was the 2019 finals or the Ashes, he has always been the last man standing for England. In the 3rd test against Australia in 2019, England got a target of 359 runs. After losing nine wickets at 286 runs, England's chance of winning the match was nearly impossible. But Ben Stokes did not lose hope, and Jack Leach stood at the non-striking end. Ben Stokes played an exceptional innings of 135 runs, and England won the match by one wicket.
9. Ganguly’s Shirt-off Revenge
In 2002, England toured India. In the 6th ODI against India, England won the thriller in the last over, and after winning the match, Andrew Flintoff took and twirled his T-shirt in the Wankhede stadium, and Sourav Ganguly did not like that. After six months, India toured England, and in the NatWest Finals at lord's, Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh played crucial innings, and India won the match by two wickets. After winning the game, Sourav Ganguly twirled his T-shirt on the lord's balcony and completed his revenge. It is one of the most memorable moments in the Indian cricket history.
10. Carlos Brathwaite Heroic
India hosted the 2016 T20 World Cup, and the final match was played between England and West Indies. With Joe Root's 54, England set a target of 156 runs for West Indies. When West Indies came to bat, they quickly lost their first three wickets. Then, Marlon Samuels played the most important innings in the finals, but he was not playing the final over. In the last over, West Indies needed 19 runs, which was impossible. Then, Carlos Brathwaite did something unimaginable: he smashed four consecutive sixes, and West Indies won the final by four wickets.